Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Surprise and a broken blog

Well, it was to me! I've looked at other peoples blogs for a long time now, seen that they've been awarded various commendations and thought ''Yes and how well deserved it is''. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would receive anything, I mean although I've been crafting since paper was papyrus (well according to my boys I have) I've only been blogging a relatively short time ( and even then it wasn't my idea!). So to say this came as a complete surprise is an understatement, there are much more deserving blogs than mine out there, but 'thank you' Tracey, so very very much. If you haven't visited her blog then you really should do, she has a style all of her own and I've watched her grow in talent and confidence right from the very begining and I know she will continue to do so. Now....................I have a problem - no not just one but this one Tracey's been trying to help me sort ALL NIGHT and I mean ALL NIGHT. At one point I was ready for throwing the laptop in the back of the car and driving the 300 and odd miles to hers to sort it out together!! I have broken my blog. Yes, it's true, it is well and truly broken. It could only happen to me and just goes to show NOTHING techy is safe in my hands - give me micro dots, glue, paper, scissors and I am fine - techy...........NOPE.
Trying to pass the award on wasn't as easy as I anticipated and we've worked on it all night to no avail so I am just going to have to do it the messy way by copying and pasting the new recipients of the award. So here goes:
1. - I dont think I need explain why - she just rocks, as does her work, simple as.
2. - Someone else whos work and spirit I admire sooooooo much, one day I WILL get to go play there!
3. - You really need to see the cards that Kath (and her glamorous assistant!) produce, truly wonderful.
4. - Someone else whos blog I stalk whoops, read avidly. Julies cards are so elegant.
5. - Just go and look - thats all I can say !! You will see why.
6. - Again, beautiful work, never ceases to amaze.
7. - There is always something fresh and different to see on Enfys' blog.
8. - You can always rely on Saskia to come up with something you wish you had thought of yourself!
9. - Not only is Ruth very talented her blog is very entertaining at times too!
10. If I could I would award this to Tracey again - even if it was just to say...........all these years Trace and we're still going strong lol !
10. -I admire the fresh feel to the cards that Kerry produces.
PHEW. Now that was NOT easy - Thanks Trace ! Seriously though, as Tracey knows today wasn't an easy day for me in my personal life, I wont bore you with the details but suffice to say this really cheered up what was really a very sad day.
I am now going to bed as it is breaking daylight - I kid you not.
Love and light
Sue x

Oh but before I go I guess Id better tell all these people about their award, might be a good idea to introduce myself to some of them too - Ive been stalking some of them for long enough lol!!!

Friday, 24 July 2009

New challenge!

This week Nikky asked us to use the images from the new and hugely successful Candy Doodles cd and the sketch above. I used the Candy Doodle flower stitch background paper, along with the Candy Wings butterflies (which I love) and the sentiment from Doodle Wordy Bits - all on the same cd. I threaded some polka dot ribbon through holes I punched at the top of the card with my Cropodile Big Bite. Lastly I inked the edges with a dusky pink ink. The quality of the photo isnt brilliant so you cant really see the sentiment too well unfortunately.

Why not pop on over to the Polka Doodle Blog and see what the rest of the design team have been up to.

You have until twelve noon on Sunday 2nd August to get your entry in. Look forward to seeing it and have fun!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

I knew there was something else !

I wanted to share the wedding invitations Im working on and a couple of vintage style cards I made!

The invitation is actually a tall DL card but I dont think it shows up too well here.

Where has this week gone, did someone borrow a couple of days and not tell me?

I've not done such a lot really but I have played around with the new Candy Doodles and have a couple of cards to show you. Hopefully will have more over the next couple of days.

Ive done some craft shopping, somehow or other quite a few things seemed to 'fall' into my basket...........odd that isnt it!

Anyhow, will leave you with some pictures for now and hopefully have more to show you later

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Design team call

What are you waiting know you want to !!!!!!!!

Jordan wont thank me for this but as he doesnt read my blog then what he doesnt know wont harm him I reckon! I took this picture of him very early one morning when he was about 20months old and its been hanging around in a cupboard for years, so when I found this frame (under the bed along with a load of others !!!!) I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. The frame itself was just an ordinary everyday pine but quite shiny so out came the distress paint grungeboard, inks, ribbons etc etc and the rest as you can see is history. This is really quite a big frame, the picture itself is A4 , thankfully I finish work for the holidays on Thursday afternoon so next on the list is one of Declan, watch this space!!!! Speaking of school finishing, I cant wait, Ive slept since I came home this afternoon, roll on tomorrow!
Catch you soon. Love Sue x

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Hows this - twice in one day! I wanted to share one of my latest projects with you before it disappears to its new owner. I spent some time playing with my favourite things i.e. alcohol inks, distress inks, grungeboard, mica, stamps and a whole host of other things messy and gorgeous! I wish the finish was easier to see as it has a really nice tone to it but never mind, you will get an idea. Ive just finished a large wooden frame that Ive distressed, I will try and grab a pic of it later and put it on for you to see. Really looking forward to getting my hands inky these next six weeks - very excited!!!!!
Sue x

Seem to spend most of my time apologising lately, here goes another one :-( Sorry for not blogging for such a long time, sometimes life just gets in the way I guess. Its been really busy at school these past few weeks getting ready for the end of term etc., had courses to attend, house to run etc etc the list goes on as you well know. The main problem really has been tiredness, several years ago I was diagnosed with M.E. I had to take almost two years off work and then ease back into it - so normally around the end of term I tend to run out of energy quicker and

spend a fair bit of time sleeping which infuriates me no end. Anyhow, enough of that, I also appear to have picked up a virus or something on the laptop, there are some VERY strange things happening which has caused me to shut the lid and walk away before throwing it through the nearest window!

However..........I am hoping to blog at least 3 or 4 times a week from now on ( I cant believe I really said that!!)

Over at Polkadoodle things have been VERY busy, Nikky had her first show on Create and Craft and I was delighted to see several of my cards on there - very strange feeling that was I can tell you. Our latest challenge was to make a get well card that featured a bug - no thought had to go into what kind of bug being the butterfly lover that I am, also as a change from ribbon we had to use another option, could be string, raffia, paper etc - I chose a string of pearls. So there you are, my card..............using the gorgeous papers from Nikky's Sugar Birdie cd. Pop over to the Polkadoodle website and take a look at the other cards from the design team, theyre amazing. Also BIG NEWS, Nikky is looking for another member to join us on the design team, check it out while you are over there.